Partnering with secular agencies, Healing a Woman's Soul helps women and children who are domestic violence victims heal physically, emotionally, and spiritually in the Christian tradition.  We provide spiritual support in secular domestic violence shelters, halfway houses for substance abuse as well as in churches, to any and all women regardless of belief, non belief or other circumstances.

We are a non profit organization (501 (c) (3)) and a State Employees Federated Agency (SEFA) eligible organization.
Are you in immediate danger? 
call 911 or 24 Hour crisis and support line
(800) 799-SAFE (7233) 
TTY (800) 787-3224

 First Recipient of The "Paula Award" 
Jennifer Gish
Jennifer Gish is a features reporter, sports columnist and parenting blogger 
at the Times-Union newspaper.  She is also a parent, and she is a runner.
In May of this year, she and her daughter trained to run the annual Law Day 5k Against Domestic Violence race.  I encourage you to read her story about that experience in the Times-Union website.
In it, she shares that one of her "feel good" places is in her running shoes.  

That phrase is a key one in her life. 
Several years ago, Ms Gish had an idea born out of how running had shaped her life.  She wrote about that idea in a column, proposing a "couch to 5k" running program that could combine volunteer running mentors with survivors of domestic violence.
Out of that idea grew a program whose mission is to empower survivors of domestic violence through the sport of running. Volunteers run side by side with survivors, training with them, encouraging them.
Three years in, Strength Through Every Mile has supported dozens and dozens of domestic violence survivors in becoming stronger, healthier, more confident, and freer than they have ever before been.  Sponsors donate 
shoes.  Mentors donate time, heart -- and feet.
Like Paula Lukas Schultheiss, Jennifer Gish is a "do-er".  Like Paula, she has creative ideas that she turns into reality.  Like Paula, she gets other people fired up and involved. 
Healing a Woman's Soul is honored to have Jennifer Gish with us this evening.   We believe she embodies the vision, passion and dedication to the service of others with which Paula lived her life.

Jennifer was presented the award On October 22, 2016, Healing a Woman's Soul hosts "Desserts Against Domestic Violence" at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Albany, NY

Mother Anne Curtin, Jennifer Gish and Norm Schultheiss, Paula's husband.

The "Paula Award"
Paula Lukas Schultheiss was a "do-er" who was also a source of countless 
great ideas that made Healing a Woman's Soul more effective, more creative and more able to support our mission.  She fired us up.
That was Paula's way.  Her energy powered us all; her ideas encouraged us to be more creative, as well.  Paula was a creative woman: most of you are aware of her extraordinary quilting skills, and her hat-making.
If you see Healing a Woman's Soul magnet on the backs of cars in the Capital Region, you are looking at one of her ideas come to fruition.
Paula cared deeply for individuals.  It showed in the areas where she chose to spend her time.  Healing a Woman's Soul and Patriot Guard Riders are two of the organizations she graced with her active presence.  She reached out to hurting individuals with love and compassion.  She created tight, supportive networks of all the people who came into her orbit.  She created community.  And in everything she did, she was guided by her faith.
Paula was elected President of Healing a Woman's Soul, but sadly, was unable to complete her term.  All of us lost a dear friend; Healing a Woman's Soul lost a burning flame. 
The board of Healing a Woman's Soul decided that a fitting way to remember our friend would be to create an annual award in her memory.  We are pleased to announce that this will be the inaugural year of the Paula Lukas Schultheiss Memorial Award for Service to Survivors of Domestic Violence.
  The "Paula", as we are calling it, will honor a volunteer whose work in the field of domestic violence reflects Paula's passion and dedication to this cause.

To view photos from dinneclick here 

Recent Articles or Sites about Domestic Violence

Vera House in Syracuse renews campaign to end domestic violence. (3/4/2017)

Humera Khan
will receive the Four Chaplains Award from the Jewish War Veterans for her work with battered women and also with refugees and interfaith activities. (2/25/2017)

Niruthuda! When it’s time to stop
domestic violence. A majority of women from working classes in India still accept and live with domestic violence as a part and parcel of marriage. (11/25/2016)

New York State will allow Skype and E-filings to secure temporary restraining orders for domestic violence. (11/7/2016)

Bev Saunders of Glens Falls has given victims of violence a voice through art. (10/30/2016)

Troy workshop
helps in fight against domestic violence. (10/29/2016)

NFL still doesn't understand domestic violence - Jennifer Gish. (10/27/2016)

Slowly, Sports Bring Needed Change to Society, article by Jennifer Gish, Albany, NY Times Union. (8/4/2016)

When DV victims face eviction for calling the cops. (7/14/2016)

Unwanted Secret Admirers: the four types of stalkers. (7/12/2016)

Supreme Court Rules Domestic Abusers Can Lose Their Gun-Ownership Rights. (6/28/2016)

You Can Get PTSD From Staying In An Emotionally 
Abusive Relationship. (5/21/2016) 

See TV interview about domestic abuse with 
Cecelia Thomas, whose poem appears on this page. (4/18/2016)

Program seeks to address root causes of domestic violence in Essex County.

3 Women Are Killed Every Day By Their Partners. 
59 Ideas On How To Stop The Violence. (Huffington Post)

Anti-Stalking Information from Capital District Anti Stalking Task Force
          Stalking - Resource Center 
          Video - Connecting the Dots
          Video - Links in the Chain

Article in Albany Episcopalian about HAWS. The article is on page 21. View it here.

Article in the Bethlehem Spotlight regarding domestic violence and HAWS.


Start a Conversation

1 in 4 American women are victims of domestic violence over their lifetime. Help us publicize this crime: 

Wear a "Who is your 1 in 4?" button or car magnet. 
Buttons are free and magnets are $5. They can be ordered from HAWS by email at hawsalbany@gmail.com or snail mail to HAWS, 68 S. Swan St. , Albany, NY 12210.  

Ask on social media - Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. if your friends know what "Who is your 1 in 4 ?" means. Tell them about this crime. 

Make a donation in honor of someone in your life who experiences violence or is a survivor 

Learn more about HAWS at www.hawsalbany.com 

Volunteer for HAWS events. We can use every talent and everyone. Challenge us to use your talent. 

by Cecilia Thomas

Lost in your world,
Your thoughts are becoming my thoughts,
Where you went I went in my mind.
I did what you wanted me to do,
In your way.
Who am I?
Am I you?
Your angry voice in my head,
Seeing or hearing you,
I would dread.
Who am I?
Am I you?
Where am I?
I'm lost in you,
Your world of insanity.
What happened to MY dreams?
Were they just a lie?
Did they die?
Is my future you?
I'm losing me!
What do I do?


Calendar of Upcoming Events


May 28, 9:30 AM - Mother Anne at Christ Episcopal Church, Greenville, NY

June 9-11
- Albany Diocesan Convention, Camp of the Woods, Speculator, NY

September 8-9 - Tools for Recovery RetreatDominican Retreat and Conference Center, Niskayuna, NY

September 23 - Diocesan Mission Conference, St. John's Church, Essex, NY

October 15, 7:30 and 10:15 AM  Mother Anne at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Catskill, NY.

October 29, 7:30 and 10:15 AM  Mother Anne at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Catskill, NY.

Contact Info:

Reverend Doctor 
Anne F. Curtin
Executive Director
Healing A Woman's Soul
68 South Swan Street
Albany, NY 12210

phone - 518-755-3325

                     email - hawsalbany@gmail.com

 Healing a Woman's Soul does not share email information.


New Awareness Magnet

HAWS has two visual signs to raise a
wareness of domestic violence -  our free "1 in 4 Button" and now our car magnet,  Please help support our ministry by purchasing a car magnet and prominently displaying it on your vehicle.  The magnet is only $5.00. 

It may make the difference for someone seeking out refuge and saving her from a potentially life threatening situation.

Free "1 in 4 Button"

Call 518 755 3325 or email hawsalbany@gmail.com for $5.00 magnet or the free buttons.  A donation for postage is appreciated.

More News

Healing a Woman's Soul,Inc. (HAWS), which helps women and children who are victims of domestic violence, congratulates Gretchen Coyner, on being elected chairperson of HAWS.  She has been a Board member since almost the beginning of HAWS eight years ago. She has been an active Board Member involved in our fundraisers, retreats and outreach events such as the annual SEFA and Martin Luther King Fairs. She is a retired guidance counselor at Greenville and is a Board member of the Greenville Educational Foundation. She lives in Slingerlands NY. with her husband Bob. They have two adult children and three wonderful grandchildren.


HAWS also welcomes to the HAWS Board, Penny Belton from Bolton Landing and Norman Schultheiss from Ballston Spa.  Penny is a Program Assistant at North Country Ministries in Warrensburg.  Norm is retired and very active in veterans affairs, especially the Patriot Guard Riders of New York and the Leatherstocking Honor Flight.  

For more information about HAWS, see hawsalbany.org,hawsalbany@gmail.com

HAWS is travelling again.  We enjoyed our welcome and the engaging questions at Mother Anne's presentation on domestic violence.  Our thanks to everybody at St. James, Au Sable Forks, especially Deacon Patti Johnson.

She is not only a Holy Hiker sharing the beauty of the Adirondacks with people of all ages and abilities, and she's also a HAWS Angel. She keeps the parish up to date on domestic violence issues and the HAWS news. Learn more about how clergy or lay can be an Angel. 

Board members Denise, Gretchen and Paula at the Dr. Martin Luther King volunteer fair in January.

2015 Annual report is available - click here

October, 22, 2015 - Unity House, Troy, NY honors domestic violence advocates including HAWS and Mother Anne.

Mother Anne receiving the coordinated community award at Unity House, Troy, NY

February 28, 2015 - HAWS was at the Episcopal Diocese of Albany Parish Leadership conference providing information and buttons.

January, 2015 - 2014 Annual Report now available. Click on tab above.

January, 2015 - Mother Sally Heligman, pastor, Grace Episcopal Church, Mohawk, NY is beginning outreach in Schenectady NY YWCA..

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